Category: 2014 Lectionary Ramblings

September 1st 2014: Acts 6

Read Acts 6 here My favourite verse here is verse 7. After a description of the choosing of the men among the disciples who were “full of the spirit and wisdom” to serve at table, we are told immediately, as if it was the most natural thing in the world, that the word of God […]

August 31st 2014: Matthew 16:21-28 (Talk text)

Here is the text of the talk I gave to my Church yesterday morning, which can act as a Lectionary Rambling for that day! (I got a bit behind with being away at the end of last week and over the weekend. Many apologies!) ————– I wonder, how many of us are backseat drivers? You […]

August 30th 2014: Acts 5:27-42

Read Acts 5:27-42 here “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” His […]

August 29th 2014: Acts 5:12-26

Read Acts 5:12-26 here “Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy” In today’s reading we find one of the first examples of persecution of Christians. Why does it happen? Jealousy. Jealousy is at the root of most problems in human life. We find […]

August 28th 2014: Acts 4:32-5:11

Read Acts 4:32-5:11 here “Al the believers were one in heart and mind”. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been in a Church, or a community, like that! Sometimes we look wistfully at the stories of the early Church in Acts and imagine that they had something special which made them more likely […]

August 27th 2014: Acts 4:13-31

Read Acts 4;13-31 here What must it be like to pray, to finish, and then have the ground shake? What must it be like to have so much integrity in the expression of your faith that those who accuse you don’t know what to do with you? They know they disagree with you, they think […]

August 26th 2014: Acts 4:1-12

Read Acts 4:1-12 here Perhaps unsurprisingly, healing and proclaiming so forthrightly in the name of Jesus lands Peter and John in trouble. Luke would have us believe it is because the Jewish rulers were deeply troubled. No wonder1 This was a time of huge upheaval and social unrest. Whether it be true or not, any […]

August 25th 2014: Acts 3:11-26

Read Acts 3:11-26 here As we’ve seen in the previous post, Peter and John have just undertaken a great healing work in the Colonnade, in the sight of many people. Now we see Peter’s opportunism at work, as he is able to give a powerful lecture in historical theology to explain the purpose and context […]

August 24th 2014: Acts 5:12-16

Read Acts 5:12-16 here It is undeniable what the message of this passage is – there were many signs and wonders done by the apostles, and all who came to them were healed (cured). If you’re bored of me wriggling around the healing and cure issue, you’ll be glad to know I’m not going to […]

August 23rd 2014: Acts 3:1-10

Read Acts 3:1-10 here It is easy to see this story as a simple healing, or curing, miracle. Some of us might even view it as Peter grandly and generously offering the “lame beggar” exactly what he needed – to be able to walk – but I don’t think this is the main point of […]

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